Pestilence Confronted: Proclaiming The Kingdom Of God

Pestilence Confronted: Paul the Apostle “welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God..” Acts 28:30-31

Last week Emily and I traveled by airline for the first time since February. I went to see my elderly mother who lives in an assisted living home in Minneapolis. Yes Minneapolis is the very city where George Floyd, an infamous man was made famous worldwide because he was brutally mistreated and died at the hands of police. As you can imagine, the mood there was somber and tense; one had the impression that healing is going to take much more time. The travel experience was also dismal since the airlines, hotels and restaurants all have a very low level of service at this time.

As moved about the city I began thinking about my personal responsibility as Christ’s representative, His ambassador there in such a troubled place. I happened to reread St. Paul’s adventure and trials as he was escorted to Rome (Acts 27-28). He faced great danger by storm and shipwreck and many threats to his life. Yet he kept his focus on his life’s mission and witnessed to all around him. I was encouraged and challenged by this account in Acts. It reminded me that I am to see myself as presently in the world, but at the same time “I do not love the world or the things in the world” (I John 1:15-17). This clearly means that I do not agree with most things in the world, they are foreign to me. My calling is not so much to fix the things of the world but to bring the peace, grace and truth of Christ to bear upon it. Like St. Paul, I can do and be that kind of witness even in the most severe circumstances.

Jim Firnstahl

Global Prayer Points

As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership. 

Africa: Continue to pray for the Southern and East Africa Resilience Fund being developed by CBMC Business Leaders. Pray that God would bring trustworthy financial partners interested in the well-being of these small business owners. 

Asia/Pacific: Use this season to strengthen CBMC members as ambassadors of Christ to love the people He put around us in the marketplace. APAC Saturday Prayer Meeting to be a model to CBMC teams in Asia/Pacific nations to start online meetings for prayer and encouragement during this pandemic. Hong Kong: Please pray for the peace and democracy of Hong Kong. 

Europe: Pray for our coaches and friends who help the business people and their peers in these crisis times. Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]

Latin America: Pray for protection and healing of CBMC families and team members who are in Mexico and Brazil, ‘hot spots’ of the pandemic.

North America: Pray for establishing an e-CBMC (next generation) in North America Korean CBMC. Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus. 

If you have a prayer request, please send an email to CBMC International.

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